Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat it: I’m a horrible writer. Sure, English is my native language, but writing and reading comprehension has never been my forte.
I’m fairly certain I scored horribly on my SAT Verbal section and SAT II Writing tests (it’s been a while). I chose a path in college that would lead me to take the least amount of writing classes possible.
I’m an engineer by training, so the thought of writing makes me want to dip myself in honey and jump straight into a pile of fire ants.
Yet, somehow I managed to start this blog. And while it’s still young, I have written blog posts (all by myself!) and have survived to tell the tale. It’s not because I’ve managed to hypnotize myself in order to force myself to write, but I’ve learned to accept the imperfections of my writing and embrace the process.
However, in order to try to have some resemblance of competency and professionalism, I utilize several tools to help assist in my writing process. One of those tools is Grammarly and I want to show you why you should also consider using it, even if you aren’t a professional writer or blogger.
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What is Grammarly?
Grammarly is an AI-powered tool that helps make your writing become more effective by
- Correcting grammar mistakes (free)
- Correcting spelling mistakes (free)
- Correcting punctuation and sentence structure (premium)
- Provide vocabulary suggestions (premium)
Check out the short video below to hear more about what Grammarly can do.
Where Can I Use Grammarly?
There are multiple ways to use Grammarly. They offer the following solutions:
- Add-on for MS Office
- Native app for macOS and Windows
- Keyboard for iOS and Android
- Online Editor
However, since most people these days do most of their writing online, the easiest way to implement Grammarly is to install it as a browser extension for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge. It is completely free to set up an account.
Once you have Grammarly installed in your browser and log in, it will automatically get to work in the background on the majority of platforms that you type on, including Gmail, Google Docs, various social media networks, and much more.
Who Should Use Grammarly?
Honestly, I think almost everyone should at least have the Grammarly extension installed on their browser of choice. From students to professionals to wanna-be bloggers like me, I think everyone can benefit from having Grammarly.
Unless you truly don't do any sort of writing online, it's worth it to use Grammarly.
Why Should I Use Grammarly?
As a blogger publishing posts for the entire world to read, at the bare minimum, it's important that my posts are free of basic spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. Grammarly helps me easily achieve that by working in the background as I type. Just writing this post, Grammarly has helped me fix various errors.
But besides being a blogger, Grammarly also helps me keep my writing error-free when writing emails, posting on social media, writing comments on other blogs, filling out forms and applications, etc.
All of the work Grammarly does happen as you type, without you having to copy and paste all your writing into a separate application.
How Much Does It Cost?
As I've mentioned earlier, it is completely FREE to get started with Grammarly and get basic spelling and grammar correction help. However, if you are interested in taking your writing game to the next level, they also offer a paid premium version.
I do not have any experience yet with the premium features but may consider it in the future if this blogging thing gets more serious. Below are the current pricing options for the Grammarly Premium.
Mr. Centsible's Final Take
If you can't tell, I'm a big fan of the Grammarly tool and what it offers for bad writers like myself. The fact that it is free, brain-dead easy to use, and works in multiple places makes it a no-brainer for me. If you've never heard of Grammarly before and want to make sure your writing is as error-free as possible, I recommend checking Grammarly out here.